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COOK Kristina
Sport Dressage, Eventing, Jumping
NOC Great Britain   
GenderFemale
Born31 Aug 1970 in Findon, GBR
Human Interest
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? Her parents were both racehorse trainers, and one of her earliest memories is of riding a pony.
Further Personal Information
Languages English
Other names Kristina Gifford
Residence Findon, GBR
General Interest
Famous relatives Her mother Althea Roger Smith was an international jumper and event rider. Her father Josh Gifford was a champion jockey and successful trainer. Her brother Nick has also trained horses, while her daughter Isabelle has competed in eventing at national youth level competitions. (an-eventful-life.com.au, 05 May 2019; eqlife.co.uk, 27 May 2011; badminton-horse.co.uk, 10 Jul 2003; britisheventing.com, 20 May 2021)
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She rode horses throughout her childhood and was an active member of her local club in Crawley, England. She began riding full-time at age 16.
General Interest
Other information RETIREMENT FROM ELITE LEVEL
In November 2022 she announced her retirement from top-level eventing after her horse Billy The Red had to be put down at age 15. She said she intended to focus on producing young horses and continue competing up to three-star level. "I've had a fabulous career. There is more I'd like to win. But I've been able to be competitive, and aim for British teams, for the past 30 years, and I've produced and ridden many wonderful horses. I took the decision that was right for the horse [Billy The Red]. I get so attached to my horses; it was so sad but if they can't have a happy retirement, you have to do what's right by the horse. And at the same time as announcing that, I thought maybe now's the time to say what's probably going to happen. It was a bit of a wake-up call when I wasn't entered for Tokyo [the 2020 Olympic Games] as I felt Billy would have been competitive but when there are younger people coming through – which there should be, you'd be worried if there weren't – you maybe have to step down gracefully, or try to be graceful." (horseandhound.co.uk, 26 Nov 2022)

CHARITY WORK
She has held the position of vice president of The Bob Champion Cancer Trust. (championswillberry.org.uk, 19 Jan 2017)
Last Update
  21 Apr 2022
General Interest
Awards and honours In 2014 she was inducted into the British Horse Society Equestrian Hall of Fame. (jeanniesequestrianworld.co.uk, 07 Feb 2014)
Nicknames Tina (Facebook profile, 06 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol British rider Lucinda Green. (redmills.co.uk, 24 May 2015)
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete, Horse Trainer
General Interest
Injuries She dislocated her shoulder after falling at the 2018 Burnham Market Horse Trials in England. (noellefloyd.com, 06 Jul 2018; horseandhound.co.uk, 02 Apr 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning individual silver at the 1993 European Championships in Achselschwang, Germany. "That was a very pivotal part of my career; my first time on a senior team, at 22, and coming back with a silver." (horseandhound.co.uk, 26 Nov 2022)

Major Results
Olympic Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 OG-C London (GBR) MINERS FROLIC 6 2
2008 OG-C Hong Kong - Beijing (CHN) MINERS FROLIC 3 3
World Equestrian Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2010 6th WEG-C Lexington KY (USA) MINERS FROLIC 29 1
2002 4th WEG-C Jerez de la Frontera (ESP) CAPTAIN CHRISTY 22  
Continental Championships and Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2013 CH-EU-C3* Malmö (SWE) MINERS FROLIC 13 6
2009 CH-EU-C3* Fontainebleau (FRA) MINERS FROLIC 1 1
2003 CH-EU-C3* Punchestown (IRL) CAPTAIN CHRISTY 37  
Other Events
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR) DE NOVO NEWS 10  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) MINERS FROLIC 18  
2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) DE NOVO NEWS 61  
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) MINERS FROLIC WD  
2010 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR) MINERS FROLIC EL  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) MINERS FROLIC 6  
2005 CCI4*-SC Burghley (GBR) CAPTAIN CHRISTY 12  
2005 CCI4*-SC Burghley (GBR) HEADWIND RET  
2005 CCI4*-SC Badminton (GBR) CAPTAIN CHRISTY RET  
2004 CCI4* Burghley (GBR) CAPTAIN CHRISTY 9  
2004 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) CAPTAIN CHRISTY 38  
2003 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) CAPTAIN CHRISTY 12  
2002 CCI4* Badminton (GBR) CAPTAIN CHRISTY 12  

Current Results
Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
03.07.2014 to 06.07.2014 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   BILLY THE RED 38  
13.06.2014 to 15.06.2014 CIC2* Nunney (GBR)   BILLY THE RED 5  
05.06.2014 to 08.06.2014 CCI3* Bramham (GBR)   STAR WITNESS 30  
21.05.2014 to 25.05.2014 CCI2* Houghton Hall (GBR)   CALVINO II 34  
21.05.2014 to 25.05.2014 CCI1* Houghton Hall (GBR)   BILLY THE RED EL  
21.05.2014 to 25.05.2014 CICO3*-NC Houghton Hall (GBR)   STAR WITNESS WD  
08.05.2014 to 11.05.2014 CCI4* Badminton (GBR)   DE NOVO NEWS 26  
17.04.2014 to 19.04.2014 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   DE NOVO NEWS WD  
17.04.2014 to 19.04.2014 CIC3* Burnham Market (GBR)   STAR WITNESS WD  
02.10.2013 to 06.10.2013 CCI2* Lignières (FRA)   CALVINO II 15  
12.09.2013 to 15.09.2013 CIC3* Blenheim (GBR)   STAR WITNESS 21  
05.09.2013 to 08.09.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Burghley (GBR)   DE NOVO NEWS 9  
29.08.2013 to 01.09.2013 CH-EU-C3* Malmö (SWE)   MINERS FROLIC 13 6
08.08.2013 to 11.08.2013 CIC3* Hartpury (GBR)   DE NOVO NEWS 25  
02.08.2013 to 04.08.2013 CIC3* Gatcombe Park (GBR)   MINERS FROLIC WD  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC3* Barbury Castle (GBR)   DE NOVO NEWS 26  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   STAR WITNESS 35  
04.07.2013 to 07.07.2013 CIC2* Barbury Castle (GBR)   CALVINO II 56  
25.06.2013 to 30.06.2013 CICO3* Aachen (GER)   MINERS FROLIC 5 2
23.05.2013 to 26.05.2013 CCI1* Houghton Hall (GBR)   CALVINO II 13  
23.05.2013 to 26.05.2013 CCI2* Houghton Hall (GBR)   STAR WITNESS 66  
03.05.2013 to 06.05.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR)   MINERS FROLIC 18  
03.05.2013 to 06.05.2013 CCI4*-HSBC Badminton (GBR)   DE NOVO NEWS 61  
20.04.2013 to 22.04.2013 CIC3* Ballindenisk (IRL)   MINERS FROLIC 7  
20.04.2013 to 22.04.2013 CIC3* Ballindenisk (IRL)   DE NOVO NEWS 11  
20.04.2013 to 22.04.2013 CCI2* Ballindenisk (IRL)   STAR WITNESS EL  
28.07.2012 to 09.08.2012 Olympic Games-C London (GBR)   MINERS FROLIC   2
Abbreviation Meaning
DNF Did Not Finish
DNS Did Not Start
DNQ Did Not Qualify
DSQ Disqualified
FNR Finished No Rank
RET Retired
WDW Withdrawal






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